#16 - Japan: Global Inspiration

Tile That Travels Through Time


Design agency Blazysgérard, founded by Alexandre Blazys and Benoît Gérard, kept busy over the year and released a new collection of tiles for Surfaces & Co. In a conversation with ArchiExpo, Alexandre Blazys explained that in his and Gérard’s designs “function comes first, and we make it good looking later.”

Due to their talent for style revival through tile, Blazysgérard were asked by Surfaces & Co., a Montréal based boutique specializing in tiles and mosaics, to create twenty designs for the new Atelier collection. The high-end collection was launched September 2015 and recovers art deco, 60s and 70s motifs. Each pattern is named for fashion designers and models from the era that inspired them such as Kenzo and Twiggy.

On an inspirational hunt, Blazysgérard found examples of design in old fabrics and art work. They also looked at art deco architecture in cities like Paris and Miami Beach. They then made sketches based on their findings. “We had to try different things to first make sure the patterns were makeable,” says Blazys. The tiles are decorated with marble, granite, glass, brushed brass and copper.

The Atelier collection is sold at Surfaces & Co. and Anne Sacks, which has showrooms throughout North America and also in London. According to Blazys, film director Xavier Dolan and actor Bruce Willis have already purchased Atelier collection tiles.

About the Author

Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

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